Science Simplified 4/12/23

By Reagan Oliver, Staff Writer When you’ve taken too many shots, consider this one to sober you up.  Currently, the only known way to lessen intoxication is to wait it out; however, a new study shows that injecting mice with a naturally-occurring hormone helped sober them up more quickly.  Mihwa Choi and her team of researchers recently completed a study on the effects of a hormone shot on drunk mice. Mice in this study were given enough alcohol to sufficiently raise their blood alcohol content level. Once the mice were drunk, researchers injected them with FGF21, a hormone that is … Continue reading Science Simplified 4/12/23

Science Simplified 3/4/23

By Reagan Oliver, Staff Writer The lab rat room is steaming up as scientists have created the first mouse to have two fathers.  Katsuhiko Hayashi of Kyushu University and Osaka University in Japan led a team of scientists to create a baby mouse by taking the sperm of one male mouse and turning the stem cells of the other male into female cells. To accomplish this, the scientists took skin cells from the male mices’ tails, transforming them into induced pluripotent stem cells.  This type of cell has the ability to develop in multiple different cells, making it the perfect … Continue reading Science Simplified 3/4/23

Science Simplified 3/15/23

By Reagan Oliver, Staff Writer The last thing students needed after an eventful spring break was one less hour of sleep.  Daylight savings time in the spring shifts an hour of daylight time from the morning to the afternoon. This means that in the spring, we lose an hour of sleep, something that new studies suggest is harmful to our sleep schedules.  Kenneth Wright, a circadian rhythm expert at the University of Colorado Boulder, explains that there is no change in the amount of time the sun is up during the day, just how we live relative to the sun. … Continue reading Science Simplified 3/15/23